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At the Detroit Zoo
Oliver, a male Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, is a former pet who was donated to the Zoo in 2008. Betty Ann is a female Gloucestershire old spot pig born in 2009 in Lockport, New York. The pigs reside in the Zoo’s Barn with the miniature donkeys and other barnyard animals.

Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs have black skin with scarce hair, short erect ears, short snouts and low abdomens. They have loose skin which gives them a wrinkly appearance.

Gloucestershire old spot pigs have broad, deep bodies and large ears. They are white with distinctive black spots.

Fun Facts

  • All domestic pigs have curling tails, unlike their wild relatives who typically have straight tails.

  • Pigs' skin is very sensitive to the sun. To stay cool and protect their skin, they wallow in the mud.

  • Pigs have poor vision but excellent senses of smell and hearing.

  • Pigs are very clean and will keep their toilet area far away from where they sleep and eat.